This is a gilt-bronze sculpture of
Jambhala. Jambhala has a kingly
outlook, resting in the royal ease
posture (maharajalilasana). He wears a
skull crown, his square face frowning,
accompanied by his moustache and
beard. He holds to his left a mongoose
which spews precious jewels from its
mouth, and a gem-shaped fruit to his
right, while a lotus flower blossoms
beneath his right foot.
Jambhala is the principle wealth deity in
Tantric Buddhism. Borrowed from the
Hindu pantheon, he is usually depicted
as pot-bellied and naked. Jambhala has
a diverse range of appearances,
including wrathful, kingly, and peaceful,
each associating with a certain colour.
A seated sculpture like this one is
identified as the Yellow Jambhala.
The sculpture's relatively liberal
depiction of Jambhala shows that it is
an earlier piece.